My name is Anthony Requia and this is my first blog post. This blog is really inspired by wife and the work she does fostering and networking shelter animals in Los Angeles. As someone who grew up with animals in my home my entire life, I was only recently introduced to how the animal shelter and fostering system works.
At first I was skeptical because I was worried about these “stray” animals getting our dogs sick or becoming sick and dying on our watch. What I have come to learn is that this is an incredibly important cause and a rewarding experience for those involved.
For any family that is thinking about getting a cat or dog, fostering creates an excellent opportunity to see if the animal is the right fit for you and your family before making the permanent commitment. My wife and I started by fostering kittens because they are easy to care for and, well…. who doesn’t like kittens? In addition to the fun we have caring for these little guys and keeping them healthy before they hit the 8 week mark and can be adopted, one of our dogs, Rocco, really enjoys helping out and taking on a father role to these little guys. He is so happy when his new roommates arrive.
Regardless of what city you live in, your local animal shelter is probably overcrowded and the reality is that if these animals don’t find a home, they are at risk of being put to sleep. If you’re thinking about getting a cat or dog, you should visit your local animal shelter or rescue and meet some of the animals there. There are so many animals from puppies and kittens, to senior animals with good temperaments that just might be the right fit for you. It could save you the money of purchasing an animal from a breeder but far more importantly than that, it will save a life.